"American Eulogy: A. Mass Hysteria/B. Modern World" as written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright and Michael Pritchard....
Sing us the song of the century
That sings like American eulogy
The dawn of my love and conspiracy
Of forgotten hope and the class of 13
Tell me a story into that goodnight
Sing us a song for me

Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria

Red alert is the color of panic
Elevated to the point of static
Beating into the hearts of the fanatics
And the neighborhood's a loaded gun
Idle thought leads to full-throttle screaming
And the welfare is asphyxiating
Mass confusion is all the new rage
And it's creating a feeding ground
For the bottom feeders of hysteria

Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria

True sounds of maniacal laughter
And the deaf-mute is misleading the choir
The punchline is a natural disaster
And it's sung by the unemployed
Fight fire with a riot
The class war is hanging on a wire
Because the martyr is a compulsive liar
When he said
"It's just a bunch of niggers throwing gas into the hysteria"

Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria
Mass hysteria

There's a disturbance on the oceanside
They tapped into the reserve
The static response is so unclear now
Mayday, this is not a test!
As the neighborhood burns, America is falling
Vigilantes warning you
Calling Christian and Gloria

I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world

I'm the class of thirteen
In the era of dissent
A hostage of the soul
On a strike to pay the rent
The last of the rebels
Without a common ground
I'm gonna light a fire
Into the underground

I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world

I am a nation
Without bureaucratic ties
Deny the allegation as it's written

I want to take a ride to the great divide
Beyond the "up to date"
And the neo-gentrified
The high definition for the low resident
Where the value of your mind
Is not held in contempt
I can hear the sound of
A beating heart
That bleeds beyond a system
That's falling apart
With money to burn
On minimum wage
Cause I don't give a shit
About the modern age

I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world
I don't want to live in the modern world
Mass hysteria
I don't want to live in the modern world
Mass hysteria
I don't want to live in the modern world
Mass hysteria
I don't want to live in the modern world
Mass hysteria


Lyrics submitted by bfg1024, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"American Eulogy: A. Mass Hysteria/B. Modern World" as written by Frank E. Billie Joe Armstrong

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

American Eulogy: A. Mass Hysteria/B. Modern World song meanings
Add your thoughts

37 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    My Opinion"And the deaf mute is misleading the choir"


    This line stands out to me as a reference to Bush. He is deaf in the sense that he didn't seem to have any clue what was going on. If you were deaf you would have no idea what was happening in a choir. And he's mute in the sense that he lacks the ability to communicate (Bush-isms). Misleading the choir is a reference to how he led America in a completely wrong direction.


    This is just my interpretation of it though. Love the new album :D
    lotrrocks0on June 17, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song speaks right to my heart. After listening to it on repeat for an hour, I began to cry. It tells me that there are people out there who understand how fucked up society is, and how the class of 13 (the upcoming generation, which includes me) is going to severely pay for the fuck ups of today's governments and people. Green Day's music really gives me hope that eventually, society will change, and that the internally flawed systems the world's nations operate by will finally be gotten rid of. We can make peace with the world, we just have to believe it can exist.
    lpu2non June 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first part Mass Hysteria is talking about the falling of the American society as Anarchy takes its slow grasp around us. Then Part B. Modern World is just talking about how the modern world os to concerned about such petty bullshit and that He doesn't want a part of it.
    VarGulF42on May 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe verses in this sound EXACTLY like deadbeat holiday (probably one of my favorite songs) but i like it...not sure about my opinion on the album though
    meehee45on January 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWell, personally I think this song was like, Christian and Gloria running from the Modern Age. Lol the modern age does suck so i'd run too. But I also think Christian dies at the end... you hear from the album, at the end of the song, what sounds like a helicopter flying past, then it stop abrubptly. I could be wrong, but See The Light comes right after and a lot of people say "Don't go into the light" Idk, it's possible.

    The Class of 13' mentioned in a few of the songs of 21st Century Breakdown, might be Billie's way of reaching out to the Class of 13' and telling them to go ahead and change the world and stop the Mass Hysteria.

    Just a guess.

    I'm part of the Class of 13' :D :D :D
    Gh3rocker7on April 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPart A seems to be about HURRICANE KATRINA... "Tapped into the reserve", "Just a bunch of niggers", "Natural disaster", "the unemployed"
    Strypeon September 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso Katrina... "There's a disturbance on the ocean side", "THE STATIC RESPONSE"
    Strypeon September 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcool!!!!!! <3 this song!! will it be on 21st century breakdown??
    gReEnALiENon April 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Mass Hysteria" sounds a bit like "Deadbeat Holiday" from Warning. Also... "Mass Hysteria" is a song by Social Distortion (different song all together of course)... and on the deluxe version they cover Social Distortion's "Another State of Mind." But, I'm pretty sure this is just a huge coincidence.

    Also, on the deluxe version they cover Dylan, The Who, and Arthur Crudup.
    new moon123on May 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho sings the part in the 'Modern World' section? Is that Tre?
    PlNKon May 15, 2009   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain